Back of the book says:
Can the imperfect family really have the perfect Christmas?
Juliet Joyce adores Christmas. She loves the presents, the tree, the turkey, the tinsel, everything. Already the festive spirit is upon her, which is just as well as this Christmas things are starting to get out of hand.
Her son Tom is out of work and bringing home a slew of unsuitable partners; pregnant daughter Chloe and her little boy have moved back in; Juliet’s father, Frank, is getting over a heartbreak of his own and Rita, her eccentric mother, is behaving more erratically each day. And has the chaos got too much for Juliet’s husband Rick?
With the big day fast approaching, Juliet hopes that she can stop everything spiralling out of control, because the only thing she wants is her family all around her and her home to be filled…
…WITH LOVE AT CHRISTMAS
From the beginning until around the middle of the book I wanted to slap Juliet for being such a sap and push over. But that being said she was just someone who was trying to do everything her mother never did for her and there are plenty that would do the same in her position. There is a fine line between love and hate and this book really does make you consider such feelings.
The book is written in short chapters each of which is written from a different characters perspective giving each character a distinct voice and personality. The main characters are Juliet and Rick as far as narration goes but the forever growing Joyce clan (including extended family) does make the mind boggle.
There comes a point in the book where the plot is slightly ridiculous where Juliet finds her son in her marital bed with some random girl and just says words to the effect of ‘It’s ok love, it’s only for one night’ – This to me is utterly ridiculous and thinking back to my teenage days and what my parents would have done. Well let’s just say I would not be blogging now and if I would it would be sans all fully functioning fingers and eyes! As mentioned before the mind truly does boggle at the thought. Between her sons bedroom antics and christmas surprise guests, her daughters needy and selfish ways Juliet really deserves a good holiday away with her husband and without any form of contact home.
There are parts of the book that really did tug on my heart-strings and actually made me shed a tear however these moments were sparse until the last six chapters (short chapters). A blubbering wreck doesn’t quite cover it however the final chapters of this book definitely remain tear-stained over here. Maybe it is just my seasonal joy pouring out but Carole Matthews really did herself proud at the end of the book.
Overall a great festive read and make sure you have a box of Kleenex to hand!